Oh. My. God. I could not be more excited about this.Posted on 2013.04.01 at 12:45
Adam Rayner feels perfectly "Saintly," and although Leslie Charteris' stories and novels didn't involve an over-arching plotline about Simon Templar's family -- I can hear some network suit saying, "This makes it personal!" -- it does no harm to Simon's character.
And, special super-duper extra exciting! The two older gentlemen talking at the end? The mysterious bearded man who seems to be the "Big Bad" condescendingly asking the other "Do you still believe in Simon Templar?" and the other replying, "The world needs the Saint!"
The apparent villain is actor and novelist Ian Ogilvy who was, himself, marvelous as Simon Templar in the 1970s series "The Return of the Saint," and the fellow he's talking to is, of course, Roger Moore!
This, my friends, is going to be awesome. And, by the way, my friends who love White Collar will definitely want to check this out. Neal Caffrey is absolutely the spiritual descendant of Simon Templar.